Spider Vein Treatments

Surface Sclerotherapy

Varicose Vein Disease and specifically Spider Veins are most commonly treated by Sclerotherapy. The treatment involves injecting a ‘sclerosant’ solution directly into the vein. The goal of treatment is irreversible venous closure (fibrotic occlusion) followed by absorption of the vein. Venous blood is then redirected from the abnormal varicose vessel to healthy veins.

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As a result, leg discomfort and cosmetic appearance improves. Both ‘liquid’ and ‘foam’ formulations are used. Liquid injection is used for smaller, surface veins. Foam injection has an increased potency and thus is used to treat larger veins. In addition, foam can be observed under ultrasound, in real time, for better precision.

There are some reasons why you might not be a suitable candidate for this treatment, like if you are pregnant, have an allergy to sclerosant, have active clotting or bleeding episodes and immobility.

At your consultation, our venous expert will customize a treatment plan that is right for you. The number of treatments needed differs from patient to patient, depending on how many veins there are, and the patient’s expectations. For best results, three or four sessions are needed for most patients. Treatment sessions are scheduled at four-week intervals until the desired results are achieved.


How Long Does a Typical Sclerotherapy Session Last?

A standard spider vein treatment session usually lasts around 30 minutes. The exact duration will vary based on the size and number of veins treated. Dr. Kern will provide a more precise estimate following your initial consultation.

Are There Any Dietary Restrictions Before or After Treatment?

There are generally no strict dietary restrictions to follow before or after spider vein treatment. However, it is advisable to stay hydrated. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine on the day of your session can also minimize potential side effects. 

Post-procedure, maintaining a healthy diet – one rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins – will support your recovery and overall vein health.

Can Spider Veins Return After Treatment?

Sclerotherapy is highly effective. However, it is possible for new spider veins to develop over time. 

Several factors can contribute to the development of new spider veins, such as:

  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Sunlight exposure
  • Injuries

Regular follow-up treatments and a healthy lifestyle can help manage and reduce the recurrence of spider veins.

Will There Be Any Side Effects?

Like any medical treatment, sclerotherapy can have side effects. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Bruising: It's common to experience bruising around the injection sites. This typically resolves within a few weeks.
  • Redness and Swelling: Some patients may notice redness and swelling around the treated area. These symptoms usually subside within a few days to weeks.
  • Itching: Itching at the injection site is another common side effect. It usually goes away within a few days.
  • Skin Discoloration: Hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin around the treated veins can occur. This is usually temporary but can last for several months in some cases.
  • Pain and Discomfort: Mild pain or discomfort in the treated area can occur, especially during the first few days after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relief can help manage this symptom.

Don’t let concerns about side effects stop you from seeking treatment. When you work with a skilled provider like Dr. Kern, the likelihood of severe side effects decreases.

How Soon Can I Exercise?

Avoid strenuous workouts at least 24-36 hours after spider vein treatment. This will allow for proper healing.

Light activities, such as walking, are encouraged immediately after the procedure. They promote healthy blood flow and can improve the healing process. 

Dr. Kern will provide personalized advice based on your progress.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate?

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An ideal candidate for spider vein treatment is someone who is:

  • In good general health
  • Experiencing visible spider veins that cause discomfort or cosmetic concerns
  • Free from severe underlying medical conditions that could cause complications (such as sclerosant allergies, infections in the treatment area, or deep vein thrombosis)

Not sure if this is the right solution for you? Dr. Kern will evaluate your condition and determine the best treatment plan.

Are There Any Age Restrictions?

There are no explicit age restrictions for undergoing sclerotherapy at Vein Specialists of Geneva. Dr. Kern will assess your suitability during your consultation, regardless of age.

Why Choose Vein Specialists of Geneva?

Choosing Vein Specialists of Geneva means benefiting from the expertise of Dr. Kevin Kern, who has over 25 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Kern has a unique background that combines emergency medicine and specialized knowledge of vein disease. His comprehensive approach is shaped by years of treating various venous disorders, including spider veins, varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, venous stasis, leg ulcers, and cellulitis.

Dr. Kern established Vein Specialists of Geneva to dedicate his focus solely to caring for patients with venous disorders. This commitment is reflected in the personalized, expert care each patient receives. He and his team offer best-in-class treatments tailored to address patients’ specific needs.

Contact our office today at (630) 425-0800 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kern and begin your journey to healthier, pain free legs.


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